‘shroom in the woods

A perfect day for a hike at Cape Blanco presented this lovely fungus specimen.

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I wasn’t tempted to try it for dinner.

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Want is a thing that unfurls unbidden like fungus, opening large upon itself, stopless, filling the sky.
But needs, from one day to the next, are few enough to fit in a bucket, with room enough left to rattle like brittle brush in a dry wind. 
Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never

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38 thoughts on “‘shroom in the woods

    • I think it’s fairly common for most dampish sorts of places. It’s a close cousin to the red version (amanita muscaria). Considered ‘toxic’, but not deadly. This one is amanita pantheria.

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  1. I really like that quote. Thanks for sharing it!

    Wild mushrooms are wonderful and delicious treats this time of year, but we stick to the few varieties that are easily recognizable and have no dangerous look-alikes. This isn’t one of them.

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  2. Beautiful, and love the quote as well. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. We have some similar looking mushrooms here. I really ought to learn more about them. I have no idea if it’s edible or not (which is why I never pick them!).

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    • I did the image search for Amanita and discovered that it’s a close cousin to the more typical red one that’s not at all good eating…. I ought to learn more, too, but somehow that doesn’t happen. Kingsolver is an interesting author. I’ve loved some of her books, but had trouble finishing others.

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    • This side of the mountains is sprouting mushrooms since we had a couple of nice storms travel through. I loved the shots you posted of the Cascade Lakes Highway. I’ll have to include that region in my wish list.

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  3. It is definitely not edible. It is related to the red fly agaric – in other words of the fairy mushroom tales, which kind of gives it away as something to lead to some unpleasant side effects. Gunta, I’m surprised that as a Latvian you are not familiar with edible mushrooms, I thought it was inherited in the genes 😀 Mushroom picking is certainly a popular pastime here, so popular that they even announced on the weather forecast a while ago that it was the perfect mushroom picking weather.

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    • Mushrooming was certainly something done by the Latvians in Boston when I was growing up. I just wish I’d been paying more attention back then. Perhaps only the desire comes with the genes, but not the knowledge or the confidence.

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  4. Very beautiful, the colors and symmetry.
    Suddenly I wonder who other than people eat mushrooms? You don’t find them chewed up very ofter on the forest floor. Is it insect food? An erruption from over-active decomposing? There are consderable benefits I seem to recall in the content. And I sure love them in all the varieties. Birds?

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    • I can’t be sure, but I think I heard somewhere that the poisonous mushrooms were pretty much avoided by most critters. It seems as though slugs and insects and such chew on them. Here in our damp climate, it’s rare to find them this pristine unless they are bad ones. I wish I knew a whole lot more about them than I do.

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